LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team began the Husker Invite with an efficient sweep of Central Michigan on Friday, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers (7-1) won their seventh straight match behind nine kills each from Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins and seven kills from Jazz Sweet. Nebraska dominated at the service line with an 8-0 advantage in aces and five fewer errors than the Chippewas (13-8).
The Huskers out-hit Central Michigan, .347 to .150, including an impressive .750 hitting percentage in set three with 12 kills on 16 swings. NU had a 9-2 advantage in blocks and a 34-27 edge in kills.
Foecke, Sweet and Stivrins combined for 25 of the Huskers' 34 kills on .458 hitting. Nicklin Hames had 24 assists and seven digs with a pair of aces. Callie Schwarzenbach led all players with five blocks and chipped in four kills. Hayley Densberger served three of the Huskers' eight aces. She and Kenzie Maloney each had seven digs.
Central Michigan was led by Lyza Myers and Savannah Thompson, both with eight kills.
Set 1: Nebraska led 15-10 at the media timeout, thanks in part to five service errors by the Chippewas and three kills by Sweet. Back-to-back Foecke kills extended the lead to 20-14, and the Huskers took the first frame, 25-18. Foecke and Sweet combined for nine kills and no errors.
Set 2: NU jumped out to a 7-2 lead with two kills by Stivrins and a Maloney ace. Densberger served three aces during a 5-0 run that increased the lead to 21-9, and Nebraska finished off the 25-15 on an Anezka Szabo kill.
Set 3: A 4-0 spurt, keyed by back-to-back blocks by Schwarzenbach, put the Huskers ahead 9-5. Hames served consecutive aces, and Schwarzenbach and Sweet combined for another block to make it 13-6. The Huskers rolled to the 25-11 win, scoring 21 of the last 28 points.
Up Next: The Huskers host New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in their second match of the day. New Mexico was swept by Missouri State in the morning match.
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team continued preparations for Saturday's game against Troy with a helmets-only practice inside the Hawks Championship Center on Thursday morning. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media following the practice and gave an update on what will factor into his decision on whether or not to start quarterback Adrian Martinez.
"It's strictly physical. We have to make sure we can run all the things we want to run, and he's healthy enough to be able to protect himself,” Frost said. “The biggest thing is that we have to make sure he's healthy enough that there's no added risk to further injury."
Frost also commented on when he might make the decision regarding Saturday’s starting quarterback.
"It might be two minutes before kickoff,” Frost said. “(Martinez) is going to be out there warming up, he's looked really good, getting better. I don't know if it will be this week and I don't know if it will be next week, he might look great tomorrow and be ready to go. He might not look great a week from Friday. I feel really good about where he is right now considering how the play looked, but right now it's just day to day.”
Frost also commented on backup quarterback Andrew Bunch, and the confidence he has in him if Bunch were to start on Saturday.
"He's looked great. He looked really great when he came in (against Colorado). That was a tough situation he came into the other day and he operated well,” Frost said. “He got us down and threw a pass that probably should've won us the game, and then got us down in striking distance to win the game a second time. If it's him, we're going to run our offense and when he's had his opportunities he's looked really good."
Frost also touched on the staff’s' message to the players on facing an “underdog” this week in Troy, who won at LSU last season.
"We've been talking to them about it,” Frost said. “Every game matters. For us, we're going to approach every game the same, but I've coached at a place like (Troy), and when you go play a game like this, it's like the super bowl for them.”
“It's a great opportunity for a team to come into an environment like this and try to win, and they did it last year, they went into LSU, one of the best environments in the country, and beat them pretty handily, so I think our guys know what they are in for. They're going to play a really well coached team that's going to play their butts off, and we have to play harder than them."
Nebraska faces off against Troy on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with television coverage on the Big Ten Network and radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network.
Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference and its TV partners announced a pair of start times for Husker basketball home games which had been listed as TBA.
The Nov. 14 Gavitt Games matchup with Seton Hall will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on BTN, while the Michigan State game on Jan. 17 will tip at 7 p.m. and will be shown on FSN.
With today’s announcement, the Huskers will make a minimum of 18 appearances on BTN during the 2018-19 season and start times for every regular-season game, except for the Jan. 6 game at Iowa, have been set.
Date Opponent TV Tipoff Nov. 14 Seton Hall (Gavitt Games) BTN 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Michigan State FS1 7 p.m.
NEBRASKA vs. TROY
SEPT. 15, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Joe Benanati, James Laurinaitis, Damon Benning)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Colorado, 33-28
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-8 (3rd Year)/0-1 (1st Year)
vs. Troy: 0-0
Record: 1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Game: def. Florida A&M, 59-7
Coach: Neal Brown
Career/Troy Record: 26-14 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0
Nebraska stays at home on Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans in a non-conference contest at Memorial Stadium. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff with the contest televised on BTN and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
The Huskers enter the contest with an 0-1 mark following a 33-28 loss to Colorado last Saturday in the season opener in Lincoln. Nebraska showed promising signs on both sides of the ball, rolling up 565 yards of total offense and registering seven sacks. However, three turnovers and a late Colorado score were the difference in the contest.
Troy comes to Lincoln with a 1-1 record, following a 59-7 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday evening. The Trojans opened the year with a home setback against Boise State, but rebounded by rolling up 477 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers in the victory. Troy is coming off an outstanding season in 2017, posting an 11-2 record and capturing the Sun Belt Conference crown.
Saturday's matchup will be the fifth all-time meeting between the schools. The Huskers defeated Troy four times in six seasons between 2001 and 2006, with each of the games at Memorial Stadium.
This Week's Numbers
329 - Nebraska rushed for 329 yards on 54 carries against Colorado. The rushing total was Nebraska's first 300-yard game since a 310-yard effort at Northwestern in 2016, and the highest by the Huskers since NU rushed for 458 yards against Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.
7 - Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most by Nebraska since also posting seven at Michigan in 2013. Nebraska had a total of 14 sacks as a team in 2017 with a high of five at Illinois.
87 - In the opener against Colorado, 87 percent of the Huskers' total offense output was produced by players making their Husker debut. Of the 565 total yards, 492 were produced by players in their first Nebraska game, including 236 passing yards and 256 rushing yards.
Nebraska and Troy will meet for the fifth time on Saturday, with NU holding a 4-0 edge in the series.
Huskers vs. Sun Belt
Nebraska owns a perfect 9-0 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The most recent matchup was a a season-opening victory over Arkansas State in 2017.
Huskers Elect Four Captains
Four Husker seniors were elected by their teammates as captains for the 2018 season. On offense, the captains are OG Jerald Foster and WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Representing the defense are NT Mick Stoltenberg and LB Luke Gifford.
2018 Nebraska Team Captains
Jerald Foster, Sr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR, New Orleans, La.
Luke Gifford, Sr., LB, Lincoln, Neb.
Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT, Gretna, Neb.
Martinez Excels in First Career Start at Nebraska
True freshman Adrian Martinez made a memorable first start for Nebraska on Saturday against Colorado. Martinez rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run in the first quarter. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown.
Huskers Show Potential for Powerful Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards on 54 attempts against Colorado. Both totals bettered Nebraska's season highs from the 2017 season. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
• Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
High-Octane Offense Post Prolific Nubmers in Game One
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. The season opener against Colorado showed that Nebraska could feature similar explosiveness in 2018.
Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver
After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. will look to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.
Morgan has 124 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 57 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,818 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Against Colorado, he moved past Terrence Nunn into the top five on the list. Morgan needs 871 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.
The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017 after entering the year with 58 career receptions, 757 career receiving yards and five career touchdown catches.
Defense Shows Playmaking Ability in Season Opener
The Nebraska defense showed the ability to be one of the nation's most improved units in 2018. Despite falling to Colorado, the positive signs from the defense were evident last Saturday.
Nebraska senior Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday.
Foecke averaged 4.25 kills and 2.5 digs per set to lead the Huskers to wins over No. 14 Creighton and Iowa State last week. Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four aces to guide the Huskers to a 3-2 comeback win at Creighton. The Husker co-captain followed that performance with nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace in a sweep of Iowa State.
Foecke earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, and she is the first Husker to garner a weekly honor since she was named player of the week for the first time on Oct. 30, 2017. The other co-player of the week was Illinois' Megan Cooney.
Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 10, 2018)
Co-Player of the Week: Megan Cooney, So., ILL
Co- Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Gruensfelder, So., OSU
Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter, Sr., ILL
Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Hord, PSU
OMAHA, Neb. - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 hole to topple No. 14 Creighton, 3-2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-10), Thursday night in front of a crowd of 14,022 at CHI Health Center Omaha. It was an NCAA record for a women's volleyball regular-season match.
Mikaela Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four service aces to ignite the Huskers (5-1) after a tough start to the match. Freshman Capri Davis had a career-high 18 kills, and Jazz Sweet added 12 kills on .323 hitting for the Big Red.
Creighton (4-3) won the first set for the third time in the last four meetings between the teams. Unlike the other two times, though, the Bluejays won the second set as well to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.
The Huskers were sharp in set three, leading throughout to earn a 25-18 win and extend the match. NU used an early run to gain separation in set four and held off the Jays for a 25-22 win. In set five, Foecke accounted for nine of NU's 15 points, and she ended the match with her new career high in kills, 25, the most by a Husker since Kelsey Robinson in 2013.
After dropping the first two sets, the Huskers only trailed for one rally the rest of the match. Nebraska won 3-2 over a top-15 opponent on the road after trailing 0-2 for the first time since at No. 1 Penn State on Oct. 2, 2015.
Freshman setter Nicklin Hames had a career-best 56 assists with 11 digs, and Kenzie Maloney had a career-high 25 digs.
Nebraska had a .258 to .207 edge in hitting and out-aced the Jays, 10-6. Megan Miller had three aces to go with Foecke's four. Maloney also had a pair of aces.
Set 1: Davis posted three early kills, but Creighton got six kills on its first seven swings to go ahead 7-6. Callie Schwarzenbach got a kill and then set Foecke for a kill on her first swing of the night to make it 8-7 Huskers. A stuff by Schwarzenbach and Sweet, followed by another kill by Davis and back-to-back Creighton errors gave the Huskers a 13-9 lead. Creighton strung together a three-point spurt to pull within 14-13, and the Bluejays took a 17-16 lead after an ace by Kloth and kill by Jaela Zimmerman. Foecke sided out for the Huskers, but the Jays scored the next two to go up 19-17. Sweet terminated to pull NU within one, but a service error restored Creighton's two-point advantage. Sweet got another kill, and Davis added her fifth to even the score at 20-20. The Jays held tough, though, scoring the next two points to regain a 22-20 lead. After a timeout, Sweet connected again from the right side, but the Bluejays gained set point at 24-22 and clinched the set on the next rally as Kloth connected for the eighth time on 10 swings.
Set 2: Creighton claimed the early advantage with a 4-1 start to set two. Foecke got the Huskers back in it with a pair of kills and an ace. But the Jays rattled off a 3-0 run to make it 7-4. The Bluejays later went on a 7-0 run to go up 15-7. Creighton built its lead to 19-11 before a Davis kill, a Maloney ace and a Sweet kill trimmed the lead to five at 19-14. The closest the Huskers could get the rest of the way was four points, as Creighton took the 2-0 lead with a 25-19 win.
Set 3: Miller sparked the Huskers with a pair of ace serves to help NU to a 4-0 lead. Creighton took a timeout as the Huskers went ahead 6-1 for their biggest lead of the match to that point. Creighton got within three at 10-7, but back-to-back blocks by the Huskers put NU back up by five, 12-7. The teams traded sideouts for four rallies before a CU hitting error and solo block by Foecke made it 16-9 Huskers. Another block by the Big Red, this one by Foecke and Schwarzenbach, increased the lead to 17-9. Davis' 12th kill of the night capped a long rally, and Foecke blasted out of the back row before Sweet tipped a kill to the floor to make it 21-13. After the Jays scored twice, Sweet and Foecke produced kills for a 23-15 lead, and a Miller ace - her third of the set - ended it at 25-18. The Huskers limited Creighton to .023 hitting in set three.
Set 4: A pair of kills by Foecke and one by Sweet, combined with back-to-back CU hitting errors lifted Nebraska to an 8-3 lead. The Bluejays chipped away to within 11-9, but the Huskers answered with the next two points and went up 16-10 after a Lauren Stivrins ace. The Bluejays sliced the deficit to three at 17-14, forcing a Husker timeout. After the timeout, Creighton served long and then hit into the net, and Foecke served the Huskers' seventh ace to restore a six-point lead, 20-14. But Creighton came right back with another 3-0 run of its own before Davis ended the run with a kill to make it 21-17. The lead shrunk to two, 21-19, before Davis sided out once again to keep NU ahead by three. With a 22-20 lead, a huge dig by Davis, followed by the freshman's 16th kill of the night, made it 23-20. Foecke followed on the next rally with her 19th kill for set point at 24-20. The Jays fought off two set points, but Foecke sealed the 25-22 win with her 20th kill, setting up the first-ever fifth set between the schools.
Set 5: Foecke tooled a block to begin the set, and her next kill made it 3-1 Big Red. Davis connected twice more to boost the Huskers to a 5-3 advantage. Hames saved a ball from going into the scorer's table, and Foecke and Stivrins finished that rally with a block before Foecke's career-high 23rd kill gave NU an 8-5 lead as the teams switched sides. After the break, Foecke and Schwarzenbach stuffed a Creighton attack to make it 9-5. The Jays fought back to within one, 10-9, after a block, but Foecke's 25th kill made it 11-9. The All-American then served back-to-back aces for a 13-9 Husker advantage. Creighton went into the net to give NU four match points at 14-10, but they only needed one as Maloney served an ace to clinch the match.
Up Next: The Huskers are back at home on Sunday to face Iowa State at 1 p.m. NU will retire Sarah Pavan's jersey after the match.
Lincoln - The Nebraska women’s basketball team will be featured early and often during Big Ten play this season, with 10 games to be televised as part of the overall conference package announced by the Big Ten Network on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Nebraska’s 10 nationally televised conference games are the most for the Huskers since BTN, CBS and ESPN2 joined forces to televise 12 of the Big Red’s Big Ten contests during the 2014-15 season.
The past two seasons, only three of Nebraska’s regular-season conference games each year have appeared on BTN. The Huskers’ return to being prominently featured on national television can be credited to Nebraska’s return to the NCAA Tournament last season under Coach Amy Williams.
The Big Red produced the nation’s top turnaround with a 14-game improvement in the win column. Williams was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Huskers to a 21-11 overall record and a tie for third in the Big Ten regular-season standings with an 11-5 conference mark. Nebraska, which returns its top five scorers from last season, also ranked among the top 25 nationally in average home attendance for the ninth consecutive season, attracting nearly 4,400 fans per game to Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Season tickets for Nebraska women’s basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Nebraska’s 18-game Big Ten regular-season schedule in 2018-19 will feature five Husker road games televised by the Big Ten Network, beginning with a New Year’s Eve game at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State. Tip time with the Buckeyes is set for noon (CT) on Dec. 31 in Columbus, Ohio.
During the heart of Big Ten Conference play, the Big Red will become a regular BTN mid-week attraction, with three consecutive Thursday night road games at Purdue (Jan. 31, 7 p.m.), at Michigan (Feb. 7, 6 p.m.) and at Maryland (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.) set to be televised by the network.
Nebraska’s Big Ten regular-season finale at Penn State also will be televised by BTN on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. (CT).
The Huskers’ outstanding 15-game home schedule got even more exciting with the announcement of the conference television slate, as Nebraska’s Big Ten opener against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena will be televised by BTN on Friday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.
Although Nebraska’s home game against perennial national power Maryland will not be televised on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Huskers return to BTN for a Sunday showdown with Rutgers on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.
The highlight of Nebraska’s regular-season TV schedule comes on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Pinnacle Bank Arena, when the Big Red square off with 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Minnesota on ESPN2. Tip-off with the Golden Gophers is set for 5 p.m.
It will be Nebraska’s first regular-season television appearance on ESPN2 since facing Maryland in College Park on Feb. 8, 2015. The Huskers have played a pair of NCAA Tournament games on ESPN2 since the 2015 regular-season matchup with the Terps.
Nebraska closes its home regular-season TV appearances with Michigan State on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m., and against Iowa on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be televised by BTN.
In addition to Nebraska’s 10 regular-season conference games scheduled to appear on BTN and ESPN2, each of the first 12 games of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis return to BTN this season, before ESPN2 televises the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday, March 10.
Lincoln – A minimum of 28 Husker basketball games will be televised nationally during the 2018-19 season, as the Big Ten announced television information and start times Thursday afternoon.
All 20 of NU’s Big Ten Conference games will be televised nationally, as the Huskers will make three appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU), four appearances on FS1 and 13 appearances on Big Ten Network.
Nebraska’s games against Penn State (Jan. 12), at Michigan (Feb. 28) and at Michigan State (March 5) will be carried on the ESPN family of networks. NU will make at four non-conference appearances on ESPN networks, including the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Clemson on Nov. 26, the two games in Kansas City as part of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker and a non-conference game against Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 11)
The Huskers will make at least four national appearances on FS1 in 2018-19, as NU’s Big Ten games at Indiana (Jan. 14), Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and at Penn State (Feb. 19) will be carried on the network.
In all, the Huskers will make at least 16 appearances on BTN in 2018-19, including 13 conference games and non-conference matchups against Creighton (Dec. 8), Oklahoma State (Dec. 16) and Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 22.)
In addition, BTN will also air the first three days of the Big Ten Tournament from the United Center in Chicago with CBS broadcasting the semifinals and finals.
Four games will be streamed on BTN Plus, beginning with the exhibition game against Wayne State on Thursday, Nov. 1. Other games on BTN Plus include matchups against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 6), Western Illinois (Nov. 24) and Southwest Minnesota State (Dec. 29).
The Start times and TV information for NU’s Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup against Seton Hall will be announced at a later date.
The Huskers return their top four scorers, including All-Big Ten selections James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr., from team that finished 22-11 and tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. A very limited number of season tickets remain and can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling the Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing Office at 800-8-BIGRED.
Lincoln, Neb -- The Nebraska football team continued preparations for Saturday's matchup with Colorado, working out for two hours in helmets only on Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center.
Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media following practice and said he was pleased with how his team has prepared for Colorado.
"Our practice this week was way better than last week and you'd expect that if we had the experience of the game. We didn't get the experience of the game, but I think the level of our team rose despite that, so I was thrilled to see that happen,” Frost said. “I still think there's a lot of room for improvement, there's a lot of ways to get better, but I saw a huge jump from last week to this week."
Frost also commented on Colorado quarterback Steven Montez and his versatility.
"Montez is a good player, had a great first game,” Frost said. “He can run it, he can throw it, he obviously has experience and knows what he's doing, and I think he has some good weapons to get the ball to. It will be a challenge for our defense and our offense. It will be a good game."
Frost also touched on Nebraska’s season captains – Jerald Foster, Luke Gifford, Stanley Morgan Jr. and Mick Stoltenberg – who were announced late last week.
"You know I think it was a pretty easy choice,” Frost said of selecting the captains. “We had the players vote on it offensively and defensively, and those four guys got the majority of the votes, so obviously the team recognizes them as leaders. But we could've told you guys that as coaches, those are the guys that are stepping forward and making sure everybody's accountable and doing the right things.
“I think it's an awesome first group (of captains) for this team. Three of the four are from Nebraska, which I think is cool as a Nebraska kid, but all four kids are doing a good job stepping out front and making sure they lead the way."